Bolzano, Verona & Venice Self-Guided Ride

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Trip code: 
LSX
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Road Cycling
Min age:
8

Spectacular riding from the stunning Dolomites to Venice

Few landscapes in Europe match the unique beauty of the jagged limestone Dolomites. The self-guided cycling route starts with incredible views of Trentino's dramatic mountains, cycling on relatively easy roads and tracks along the Adige River. On reaching the northern shore of Lake Garda, enjoy the breath taking views of one of the most famous Italian Lakes. A four hour ferry cruise on the lake gives you the opportunity to take in these wonderful vistas before continuing the ride through the beautiful cities of Verona, Padova and finally exploring the canals and waterways of Venice.

Highlights

  • Self-guided cycling with the stunning Dolomites as your backdrop
  • Visit the beautiful Lake Garda
  • Discover Verona, Padova and Venice

Key information

  • 7 nights 2 and 3-star hotels 
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfer between hotels
  • 95% tarmac, 5% gravel tracks 
  • Mainly quiet roads and cycle paths
  • Possibility to take the train to make the route shorter on days 2 and 5
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 8 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Maps and route notes
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (compulsory)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Electric bikes available for a supplement
  • Flights (available on request)
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Trip Notes

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6

Terrain:

Low altitude; 95% tarmac, 5% easy gravel roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 270.0km/43.0miles
Day 350.0km/31.0miles
Day 460.0km/37.0miles
Day 575.0km/46.0miles
Day 650.0km/31.0miles
Day 740.0km/24.0miles

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Itinerary

Bolzano
to
Venice
  • Day 1

    Start Bolzano

    Make your way to Bolzano. The nearest airports are Innsbruck and Verona, but Bergamo, Treviso, Venice and Munich are approx. 4 hours by train. Bolzano is the capital of the South Tyrol, with its pretty network of winding alleys and upmarket shops to explore. The world-famous Museum of Archaeology with the ‘Otzi’ Iceman and the Reinhold Messner Mountain Museum at nearby Sigmundskron Castle make Bolzano a city of mountaineering history and culture.

  • Day 2

    Cycle on quiet roads following the Adige River to Trento, capital of the Trentino region.

    Today you will ride mainly along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards and passing through the villages of Ora, Egna and Salomo. The dam pathways lead onward to Trento, set in a wide glacial valley guarded by the peaks of the Dolomites. There is the possibility of taking the train at several points to shorten this stage.

    Cycle approx. 70km

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Continue riding along the river to the magnificent Lake Garda. A four hour ferry cruise takes you to the south shore of the lake.

    As you pedal along the Adige, you reach Rovereto and Mori, which is famous for its quality wines. From here you cycle westwards to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to the picturesque towns of Torbole and Riva. The ferry cruise will take you to the southern part of Lake Garda. Depending on the availability tonight your accommodation will either be in Peschiera or Desenzano; both pleasant Italian towns on the shore of the lake. (Please note that the ferry service across Lake Garda is a seasonal service and schedules are generally released quite late. If the ferry is not running, or cancelled due to adverse weather/strikes etc. then we will organise a van transfer to your next hotel).

    Cycle approx. 50km

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Leaving the shores of Lake Garda, you head to the beautiful city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

    Today your ride is mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths as you make your way to the legendary city of Verona. Located on the Adige River, Verona is arguably the most beautiful city in Veneto. Verona is easily discoverable on foot, taking in the famous sites such as the Roman arena, the Basilica San Zeno and of course, Juliet's house and the famous balcony!

    Cycle approx. 60km

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Today's ride is mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths as you make your way to the legendary city of Vicenza, arguably the most beautiful city in Veneto.

    At first the route today is flat, and then you head through the Monti Berici; a hilly region just south of Vicenza, with wonderfully panoramic views of the local vineyards and then Vicenza. On your route there are plenty of places to stop and admire the view, and have a break from the climbs! The old city centre of Vicenza is characterized by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings designed by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th Century architect known all over the world. Today's route can be shortened by taking the train or there is a slightly flatter route for those who would prefer to avoid any major climbs.

    Cycle approx. 75km

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Pass the wonderful Palladian Villa Rotonda, as you cycle to Padova where Giotto's Chapel and other marvels await.

    After enjoying an ice-cream at arguably the best ice-cream parlour in Vicenza, cycling out of the city you come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Stop to enjoy the incredible architecture, and then head back on your bike along the Bacchiglione River. The route continues to the fascinating city of Padova with its famous Giotto's Chapel and one of the biggest squares in Europe; 'Prato della Valle'.

    Cycle approx. 50km

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Cycling out of Padova the route continues towards the Adriatic sea and city of Venice. Your hotel is located in Mestre, a short bus ride from the fascinating and iconic city.

    The cycling continues along the flat Veneto region. You will ride along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice's mainland. We choose to stay in Mestre as the logistics of cycling into Venice are incredibly difficult; the road connecting Venice and the mainland can be very busy and cycling is certainly not recommended. Getting to Venice from Mestre is simple; buses are every 15 mins and take approximately 15 mins. If you would prefer to stay in central Venice this can be arranged for an additional supplement.

    Cycle approx. 40km

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Mestre

    End your trip in Mestre (Venice). If you have time, Mestre (Venice) is an excellent place to spend a couple of days enjoying the delights of this world famous city; take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal, marvel at Venetian art through the ages and relax with a gelato (or two!)

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included on this trip.

For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet including cold meats, eggs, cheese, breads, pastries, jam, tea and coffee. For lunch and dinner, you will find an abundance of cheap and hearty Italian food available from local restaurants and cafes. You will always find a good 'menu del giorno' in the restaurants and cafes in towns and cities, these tend to feature a number of antipasti/starters, followed by a pizza or pasta dish, and a local dessert. There are also plenty of supermarkets to stock up on picnic items.
It is possible to upgrade to half-board for a supplement; please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Weather

In the Dolomites - as always in the mountains - the weather can be very changeable. On average in summer months you can expect some rain on one day in two, but it is likely to come in heavy and thundery outbursts of relatively short duration rather than prolonged showers. Down in the valleys daytime temperatures range on average from 12º to 22ºC, although 25º+ is not unusual. As we ride out of the mountains the weather often gets warmer, therefore you need to be ready for anything, and to pack shorts as well as warmer clothes, full waterproofs as well as sun cream.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.
We aim to use mainly quiet roads and cycle paths where possible, but at times we need to cross busy road sections in order to reach the quieter routes on the other side. Although there are no really steep climbs or technical difficulties, at times the route is undulating and requires a reasonable level of fitness. It is possible to take the train in some sections to make the days' ride shorter.
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Average daily distance: 50km (32 miles). Please note that this is the average of the longest distances, on some days it is possible to take the train to make the rides shorter, and in some instances the location of the hotels will make a difference to the total distance covered on a particular day.
No. of days cycling: 6
Terrain and route: 95% tarmac, 5% easy gravel roads. Route mainly follows quiet roads and designated cycle paths.
Vehicle Support: Bags are transported from one hotel to the next by van. On days 2 and 5 it is possible to take the train to make the route shorter.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes: we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, but on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes include a emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families

Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. Our local partner is able to offer a range of bikes that suit children and carrying options for parents, these are all subject to availability, therefore we ask that you enquire about these on booking. As a guide we have suggested that 8 years is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

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Accommodation

Hotels/Inns

We use a variety of 2 and 3-star hotels and inns throughout with en suite facilities. They may be located either in the towns themselves or in the surrounding countryside. It is possible to upgrade to a higher standard of accommodation (3 to 4-star standard) for an additional £100. Please speak to your sales consultant at the time of booking.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration.
For a solo traveller there is an adttional charge to cover transfer costs.

Additional Accommodation

Extra accommodation can be booked in Bolzano before the trip, or in Mestre or Venice at the end of the trip.

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2015
    Sally Harkins

    Bolzano, lake Garda to Venice self guided cycle

    A reasonably flat 6 days on mostly well maintained tracks. Traffic free or on quiet roads. The hilliest day was day 4, with a 4k climb, but Nothing to strenuous. A great holiday for people with cycling experience The hotels were ok, basic at times but literally just a place to sleep, so luxury wasn't essential. The best on one was Europa hotel after the lake Garda ferry

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first 2 days were very scenic. Venice was amazing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you stay in Venice for an extra night, book a hotel near the station/bus depot. It'll save you trying to find a hotel in many streets or having to pull bags over many bridges

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The bike hire company were very good. Our bags were always at the hotel when we arrived. A fault with one of the bikes was resolved in an hour. A hotel nearby had spare bikes. The use of green arrow stickers to mark the route were an extra bonus, sometime the directions provided were a bit confusing Although there were other people on the trip, we mainly cycled on our own and occasionally saw them, most of the time we were in different hotels, even once, a different town. So not necessarily a sociable holiday
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Danielle Tiffany

    Dolomites to Venice

    An extremely enjoyable trip overall. Loved riding through the vineyards, past the Venezian Villas, alongside the river. Accommodation basic but suitable. Missing the pizza already!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first view of Lake Garda was fantastic. From high above Riva del Garda, we cruised down to the lake and jumped straight in for a swim!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A - self guided

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    High factor sun cream if going in August like us. Temperatures reached 40 degrees.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: sales@exodus.co.uk

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